Gala Games has announced that their farm management game Town Star will receive its major play-to-earn mechanic next week, on Tuesday October 5th. This means that NFTs used in the game can generate passive income, but only completing gameplay challenges will unlock these rewards.
In essence the play-to-earn mechanics for Town Star will be very simple. Owned in-game items will become eligible for an added bonus of earning daily TownCoin (TOWN) allocations. NFTs that you can use in Town Star will earn TOWN tokens based on their on-chain rarity. However, you do need to play Town Star, because you need to place these NFTs in your farm. Players who don’t complete the daily challenges, won’t receive the daily rewards.
The ability of add NFTs to your farm isn’t limitless. Players can increase the amount of NFTs they can place, by increasing their Gala Power. This measurement is based on the amount of GALA in a wallet, but also on factors like NFTs, account age, TownCoin holdings, referrals and so on. There’s a whole range of criteria that play a role, and of course this might shift a bit over time.
If you’re a bit more technical, this is the smart contract address on the Ethereum blockchain. Those who run a Gala Games node will also receive daily distributions of TownCoin, as long as they meet the daily requirements. When TOWN token gets introduced next week, Gala Games considers this a beta. However, eventually they want to introduce a Season Pass to avoid abuse and exploitation.
What is Town Star?
Town Star is a competitive farming game from one of the co-founders of Zynga, the company behind Farmville. They built the game on Gala’s own network, which utilizes the Ethereum blockchain. Players need to grow crops, gather resources and create materials to build even more buildings. As a result a small farm can grow into a town full of activity. Anybody can play Town Star in their desktop browser on the Gala Games website. Just make sure your ad blocker has been turned off.
What’s interesting about Town Star, is that the game is very competitive. Each round normally takes one week, and that means that players have one week to optimize their farm and earn the most points. Only the top players get rewarded. These rewards are normally GALA tokens, even though they’ve had some alternative prizes as well. These GALA tokens have real value, and can be used to buy NFTs. NFT buildings can help players to store more resources or otherwise improve their production flow.
Robert Hoogendoorn is a gamer and blockchain enthusiast. He got in touch with crypto in 2014, but the fire really lit in 2017. Professionally he’s a content optimization expert and worked for press agencies and video production companies, always with a focus on the video games & tech industry. He’s a content manager and creator at heart, working on Play to Earn Online Magazine. He’s also Head of Content for DappRadar.